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Anti-Smog Fund Accepting New Grant Proposals

Sep 01, 2011 04:52PM

The largest private clean air fund in Texas will start taking applications for grants starting September 19 after a six-month hiatus. The Sue Pope Fund for Pollution Reduction in North Texas, a project of DFW-based Downwinders at Risk, supports projects that reduce smog pollution in the region’s nine-county non-attainment area for ozone pollution, specifically nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Applications will be accepted until the end of the year. Grant proposals can be up to $400,000, but grants are more likely to be given to less expensive projects and for new and innovative projects that can establish footholds for new technology or practices in North Texas.

Downwinders established The Sue Pope Fund for Pollution Reduction in North Texas to review applications for these funds, rate the proposals, disburse grants and evaluate funded projects. It includes members of the board of Downwinders, as well as selected experts.

Over the last four years, the Fund has distributed almost $2 million in grants to a variety of initiatives to reduce North Texas NOx pollution. It's provided financial support for more efficient appliances and better weatherization in Habitat for Humanity homes in Fair Park, made a South Dallas neighborhood more energy independent with photovoltaic solar panels, fueled the only bus system modern Arlington has ever known, sponsored annual gas-to-electric lawn mower exchanges in Plano, installed air conditioning in McKinney Avenue Trolleys, brought the region's first hybrid school bus to Midlothian, and paid for a Dallas County crackdown on fake car inspection stickers.

For more information, guidelines, applications and instructions on how to submit a proposal, email [email protected] or visit

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